When Matt Webb moved from Pittsburgh to Colorado to attend college, he decided to do something that would make him feel like he was back home. Put some pictures up on the wall? Nope. Matt went out and bought two sheets of diamond plate and built himself the Steel City Rig.
For his first mod, Matt stripped down an ATX case and then riveted sheets of aluminum to it to make room for the rig’s components. To create even more space, he mounted the drive bays on the front of the chassis. With some help from his buddy Brian, he then bent the diamond plate and cut out the National Steel symbol.
The end result? A 75-pound behemoth that’s tough enough to start on the Steelers’s O-line—and fast enough tear up our benchmarks.
We were expecting Steeler gold to light up the inside of this case—hey, Matt, there are still a few more months until football season.
Matt created a stencil in Illustrator and then hand-drilled the 350 holes you see here. To keep the machine quiet, he made his own rubber gaskets for the four fans that cool this rig.
The industrial design of the Steel City Rig carries over to the rig's on/off switch and red power indicator.
For his winning entry, Matt wins a $500 gift certificate for Buy.com to fund his modding madness!
Enter to Win Rig of the Month!
To Enter: Your submission packet must contain your name, street address, and daytime phone number; no fewer than three high-res JPEGs (minimum size 1024x768) of your modified PC; and a 300-word description of what your PC represents and how it was modified. Emailed submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Snail mail submissions should be sent to Rig of the Month, c/o Maximum PC, 4000 Shoreline Court, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080. The judges will be Maximum PC editors, and they will base their decision on the following criteria: creativity and craftsmanship.
One entry per household. Your contest entry will be valid until (1) six months after its submission or (2) October 15, 2007, whichever date is earlier. Each month a winner will be chosen from the existing pool of valid entries, and featured in the Rig of the Month department of the magazine. The final winner in this contest will be announced in the December 2007 issue. Each of the judging criteria (creativity and craftsmanship) will be weighed equally at 50 percent. By entering this contest you agree that Future US, Inc. may use your name and your mod’s likeness for promotional purposes without further payment. All prizes will be awarded and no minimum number of entries is required. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parents or legal guardians. Future US, Inc. is not responsible for damages or expenses that the winners might incur as a result of the Contest or the receipt of a prize, and winners are responsible for income taxes based on the value of the prize received. A list of winners may also be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Future US, Inc. c/o Maximum PC Rig of the Month, 4000 Shoreline Ct, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080. This contest is limited to residents of the United States. No purchase necessary; void in Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited by law.